I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener

Did you know Wienermobile is hiring drivers? They’re called Hotdoggers. And I’m not even joking! It would be so much fun!

I’ve always wanted to see the actual Wienermobile! It’s currently in Albuquerque and I’m hoping it’s making it’s way towards Colorado soon!

On the topic of hot dogs. Did you know it’s improper etiquette to put ketchup on a hot dog? The other day while I was researching the best firm, white bread for traditional English cucumber sandwiches I came across a news article titled “Why Does Ketchup on a Hot Dog Piss People Off?” Naturally I had to read it (partially because I thought it was a joke…). I discovered that you should never use ketchup after the age of 18. You know it’s official when it’s in the etiquette rules of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.

Even Dirty Harry thinks is preposterous!

I never knew it was such a disgrace! One of the arguments is that it smothers the flavor of the hot dog. Now I suppose I’ve never indulged in ridiculously expensive or gourmet hot dogs so maybe I don’t know what flavor I’m missing out on. Then again I also fall into the category of people that think eating naked hot dogs is gross.

So in my not so very important opinion…ketchup is awesome! Next time I’m at the Rockies game (discarding my vegetarianism for the day) I will surely smother my dog in ketchup, mustard, relish and onions. This cartoon below agrees with me too. 🙂

I want to know….yay or nay for ketchup?

Dedicated to the Dogs

I know the other day I said I was going away from “pet blog” but that didn’t mean I wouldn’t be posting about them! Today is just a look at my cute dogs and introducing my new dog-niece!

Zu and Bandit, who have been dubbed ZuBa, are just as feisty as ever….if not more actually.
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This is a picture of Bandit in trouble and being sent to his kennel. ZuZu, upon hearing me yell at Bandit, decided she needed to be in the house as well. It’s so hard to stay mad at them when they are both bumbling around in the a dog house designed for one dog.

Recently we joined the dog park in our town that is run by the local vet clinic. It took forever for the pups to become members because their vaccine combos didn’t include the lepto vaccine. We had to see the vet at that clinic which took 3 hours since it was a walk-in visit. We were able to visit the park that day though so it was nice to just have it out of the way.

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Just this past week we went to our vet to get their lepto boosters. It was the first time I had taken the dogs to the vet by myself so I was a little worried what might happen. Bandit still doesn’t know how to react when he sees other dogs so he ends up howling as loud as his lungs will let him which usually riles up ZuZu until both of them are barking. We are slowly working on that but it’s slow because our dog park serves a town of 6,000 and not a lot of people end up there at the same time. Anyway…back to the vet. It was a great trip. They both behaved so well. I was so proud. And I was able to knock out Zu’s vaccines that were due next month and save us a trip (and a $50 exam) to the vet.

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And now introducing Stevie Nicks….the dog! Yesterday my sister and her husband adopted little Stevie from the animal shelter. She’s 3 1/2 and absolutely adorable!

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Stevie NicksI love those ears! It will be some time before I’m able to meet her in person but I can not wait!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter! I’ll be back on Monday with the Peep Extraordinaire. 😉

Reflecting on April, Looking ahead for May

I’ll do a brief reflection of the A-Z Challenge and then fill you guys in on my upcoming plans!

The challenge was a lot easier for me this year. I knew what to expect so I had a better plan in place for getting all my posts published on time. The first half of the month I had posts scheduled ahead of time. Once it got to the middle of the month there were a few last minute posts that were cutting it a little close to not making it for the day. Those were the ones where I had to venture out of the house or something came up and I didn’t have the post material.

The pet blog hop with Cascadian Nomads was a great idea and it made finding other pet bloggers so much easier. It is definitely something I think we should do each year. I have to be honest and say I spent most of my time visiting them as opposed to the actual A-Z list. However, due to my own busy schedule, I found I didn’t have as much time for browsing blogs as I did last year. I feel guilty because I didn’t visit as many of you guys or new blogs as I should have. We were out of town several times so scheduling was perfect but then I didn’t make myself go back and catch up when I got back. So thank you to all of you who followed each and every post; your comments made my day and if I didn’t reply back to you I’m sorry but know I read them and they were appreciated!

Lastly, I’ve picked 2 of my favorite posts from the challenge: Arthur’s Rock and Weird Colorado. I got to spend a couple days enjoying the beautiful outdoors and playing tourist in my own state and they were my favorite to write.

Today is 2 weeks that Lady B has been a part of the Zu crew and so far the cats are the only ones adjusting. Roma could care less about her unless she’s out scurrying about the house. Occasionally Chubbs will lay next to the cage…always in close to proximity to the heat lamp. ZuZu is on constant alert, always watching. The moment she hears or sees the hedgehog moving around she is standing over the cage, following me around when I’m holding her, following Lady B around when she’s wandering, etc.  ANY time there is movement Zu is right there to investigate! Example: Yesterday Zu was sleeping in the bedroom. In the living room I had Lady B in her snuggle sack just enjoying a nice afternoon lounge. Wayne comes by and pats the bag which immediately riles up the hedgie and she starts clucking and snuffling. Next thing I know ZuZu is running into the living room, face inches from the hedgehog. Silly dog just doesn’t understand why this beast is living comfortably in our house!

Now for the exciting plans! My friend is having her baby next week so I’m off to the great state of Montana to spend the week with her and help watch her two little princesses. I foresee lots of dance parties, Frozen and coloring in my future. I can’t wait! When I come back ZuZu and I are running the Fire Hydrant 5K. I’m really close to my (very small) goal of $200. Donations are accepted through June 30 so if anyone has interest in donating to our cause you can click here. And last but not least in June I’m going to Nicaragua for a missions trip!

The last months, weeks, days have been spent preparing for the trip to Nicaragua. I’m very excited for it and can not believe it’s finally arriving! Wayne has official work things to do so he won’t be able to join me on the trip so I’m sad about that but feel better knowing he will be looking out for our kiddos.

This post will probably be the last for several weeks. I might try to get one in between my trips but in case I can’t don’t hold your breath. 😉 If you follow me on Instagram I’ll probably be posting a few pictures here and there for the next couple of weeks but once June arrives I will be without technology until the 15th. Once I’m back and rested I’ll have lots and lots and lots to share and will be looking forward to catching up with everyone!

Until then!

Zeus and Sylvester

Z is for Zeus and Sylvester

Most people thought that I would post about ZuZu since she makes writing a Z post super easy. But I wrote about her last year and I wanted to keep with my theme of telling about my childhood pets. Zeus and Sylvester are sisters who we “adopted” from the neighbors. I grew up in rural Iowa so neighbor means the neighboring farm a 1/4 mile away. And by adopted I mean the neighbors’ farm cat had a litter and they asked if we wanted a kitten. So my sister and I trekked over and we each picked out a kitten. After they were old enough to be weaned we got to bring them home with us. They were the first kittens to come into the family since our tailless cat Mittens had joined the family while we still lived in Wisconsin. (Mittens lost her tail to infection when she was a kitten so all she had was a stump). In the basement of my parent’s house I put their paw prints in paint on the brick wall. I painted their names and decorated around it. It’s still there along with prints of several other cats; it commemorates their existence. 🙂

Sylvester was my first cat. Quick divert…my first cat was actually a calico kitten I named Gabby. My mom took me to a friend’s house and I got to pick out a kitten. I think I was 8 or 9 and was so excited to get my own cat! Unfortunately she and I parted shortly after because she was hit by a car. I remember crying a lot and my mom said I could stay home from school that day. So technically Gabby was No. 1 but Vester was the first cat who was mine who lived through cars, coyotes and all the typical dangers of being a farm cat. I was really into Tweety & Sylvester when they were born so naturally I would name a black and white cat Sylvester regardless of its gender. It fits her though. She suffers from a skin allergy and constantly chews on herself until she’s raw. My mom feeds her a special raw diet to prevent the allergy from flaring up. In the summer she loves to sun herself and it seems to help keep her skin soothed.

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Zeus was my sister’s cat. Her nickname was Booster (no idea why…again with these weird names and nicknames) and our first family email address (when dial-up internet was still top technology) was booster@suchandsuch. And you know how when pets eat too much chocolate they can die? Well this cat is the exception to the rule. When my sister was a high school senior she had to sell boxes of chocolate candy bars for a trip. The small boxes of candy were stored in larger cardboard boxes in the top of her closet. One day we discovered Zeus had slipped into the closet and had ripped open the cardboard boxes to get through to the chocolate bars and had eaten her way through several boxes. My mom ended up having to buy half the candy because the cat had chewed almost every bar. It’s funny now but my mom and sister weren’t too pleased with her at the time. She can smell chocolate a mile away. If there’s any even remotely near her she will find it and chew through the wrapper to get to it. Not once has she had a health problem because of her chocolate intake.

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She’s also missing part of her left ear. She and Armstrong got into a tussle many years ago and Armstrong bit off part of her ear. So I now call her Left Ear. If you look at her ear in the picture below you’ll see there is no pointy tip like a cat’s ear should have.
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They are also really tiny cats at least compared to their offspring and even the Kitty Fantasticas. These two started the clan that still exists today. Zeus was mother to Lavinia who had Gemini, Armstrong & Kola. Q was their father. Sylvester mothered Xerxes. This summer they will turn 18 and are still living the dream at my parent’s paradise.

This is the last A-Z post of 2014! Can you believe the month is already over? I have no idea what happened to April. I’m excited for May and June though. Two friends are having babies and I’m going on two really awesome trips. So over the next month I’ll be sharing more about that with you guys!  In the next few days I’ll be writing a A-Z Review post and would love to hear feedback about the month from everyone. Be watching for that too!

Younglings

Y is for Younglings

Youngling is the first thing that came to mind when I thought of the letter Y. I had just looked at all these cute pictures of Roma as a kitten and the word just popped into my head. But I’m going to throw a little nerd knowledge at you guys.

“Youngling” is a common term for Jedi initiate, a child in the first stages of Jedi training. It is also a generic, species-neutral word for a young child.
– Star Wars Glossary

If you’ve ever spent any amount of time with my husband (or read some of my posts) you know he’s a HUGE Star Wars fan. His fascination with it rubs off on me and I start unconsciously referring to Star Wars. Unfortunately for this post and all of you reading it it’ll now be affecting you.

Anyway, back to my youngling Roma. She’s the only one I have baby pictures of and boy was she a cutie. She’s also the only one we’ve had that was truly a baby when we got her.

Roma kitten

Chubbs was a year old and had already grown into her chunkiness. ZuZu was 10 months when we got her so she too was already grown up. I see puppies every now and then that I think she would have looked like them. I can only imagine her as a pup. She did have some puppy fat that she’s shed since but otherwise she looks the same. The pictures below were taken on our drive home from the shelter and the next day at the dog park.
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Roma was a feisty little kitten. She was only 6 weeks old when we adopted her and even though she was teeny tiny she was scrappy. Chasing Chubbs around was her favorite pastime. One day she stole an entire piece of pizza off the table. The piece was bigger than she was and she could only drag it across the floor, growling the whole time.
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I’m pretty impressed I was able to put cats and Star Wars together in harmony. Tomorrow is the last day of the month which means letter Z has finally arrived! See you guys tomorrow. 🙂